Do Not Allow Accused Albatross Killer to Go Unpunished

Target: Keith M. Kaneshiro, Prosecutor for Honolulu County, Hawaii

Goal: Do not allow a teen who allegedly killed endangered albatrosses to escape conviction.

A Hawaiian teen and his classmates allegedly went on a killing rampage in 2015, which resulted in the deaths of 15 endangered Laysan albatrosses in a protected natural area. The Ka’ena Point Natural Reserve is managed by the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) as a crucial breeding ground for these birds. The teens are suspected of having trespassed into the prohibited area while they were camping, where they proceeded to destroy surveillance equipment and attack the birds in a gruesome manner. Some of the birds had their limbs hacked off while others were bludgeoned to death. A number of eggs and nests were also destroyed.

Now, one of the defendants has plead no contest to a single count of animal cruelty on the grounds that the rest of his charges are dropped, meaning that he could possibly escape conviction and face no jail time. The message this sends to potential animal abusers and others who might harm endangered wildlife is reckless, suggesting that such acts of cruelty can go essentially unpunished. A spokeswoman for the DLNR has expressed her outrage, saying that the teens’ actions were greatly disruptive to the hard work that her department carries out to protect this endangered bird.

As endangered wildlife now face greater threats than at any other time, we must do all we can to ensure that those who would cause them harm are brought to justice. The callous nature of this killing cannot be allowed to go unpunished. We must ensure that all counts of cruelty and illegal behavior are brought to justice for all parties who were responsible. Sign this petition to urge the prosecutor to push to punish this teen.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Kaneshiro,

A teen accused of having been involved in the killing 15 endangered Laysan albatrosses has pleased no contest to the charges that he illegally entered a prohibited area and was involved in the senseless murder of these birds. While as part of this plea deal the teen has agreed to assist in the investigation and prosecution of the other teens involved, we cannot allow over a dozen charges of animal abuse and cruelty brought against him to be dropped.

These birds were mutilated and tortured before they were killed, their legs severed and their heads crushed. The nature of these killings is disturbing, and should be considered a potential public threat. We cannot allow any of those involved to escape conviction or punishment.

I urge you to work to ensure that if the teen’s admission of guilt is accepted, that the maximum penalties are sought.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: John Klavitter/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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9 Comments

  1. To the writer of this petition. Please check your spelling and grammar before submitting. The petition will be much more effective, I believe, if it does not contain spelling mistakes and weak arguments.

  2. Renee Risser says:

    NO NO NO NO NO – NO MORE SLAP ON THE WRIST. THIS WAS A PREMEDITATED RAMPAGE ON TOTALLY INNOCENT BIRDS. THIS SHOULD NOT BE TREATED LIGHTLY AND WE MUST MAKE A POINT THAT KILLING WILDLIFE WILL NO LONGER BE TOLERATED. WE CAN NO LONGER CONDONE THESE OFFENSES AND THE PEOPLE WHO COMMIT THEM. NO PLEA BARGAIN, GUILTY IS GUILTY AND MUST BE PUNISHED. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR MURDER.

  3. TRACY JOSEPH says:

    Teens are fully aware of what is right and wrong and should face the consequences of their actions; especially when such actions result in the killing of living beings. They will come to your court room dressed well and all contrite but do the be fooled- behind the well rehearsed remorseful looks and lawyer approved suits these teens and their parents are trying every trick in the book so their little psychopaths don’t have to pay for their crime.

  4. B. Sudnick says:

    Certainly teens (by that age) are aware of what is right and wrong. This is an act that must be fully punished. By long jail time and a large monetary fine – not paid by family! ALL laws must be changed to give ALL animals more rights, and protection and to legislate mandatory long jail time with NO early release for ‘good’ behavior. No slacking of a large mandatory monetary fine either. Sock it to the perpetrators! AND list publicly their names and address, mandate a register same as a sex offender must have; requirement to notify courts of any name change; change of address; vacation outside of the country; change of phone, etc. Follow them for their life!

  5. Throw the book at them…It was premeditated,and they will go on to do worse things to animals and people,!!!!

  6. No, Don’t go along with this cowardly toe rag trying to protect his own skin. This was a nasty, vicious attack on your precious wildlife for no reason other than pure badness. The whole lot of them must be given a lesson they won’t forget.

  7. tera tukey says:

    They will turn around and continue killing and will spread towards their own kind…put them in jail even to teach them a lesson poor helpless birds ..no one to help them.

  8. Lesley Roy says:

    Premeditated for sure, but what about the gloating at the party later showing off the metal ID tags they hacked off the birds’ legs to get…then posted photos to FaceBook. Further proof of depraved and indifferent behavior! That’s the worst type of murder and worth of the maximum prison time. One year – that’s nothing…but it is the very least that this sociopath should serve.

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